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State receives $6.375M for broadband mapping

New York State received a $6,375,431 federal stimulus grant for its broadband mapping activities, Gov. David A. Paterson’s office announced Tuesday.

The state Office of Cyber Security and Critical Infrastructure received the award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration in the final round of awards in the State Broadband Data and Development grant program, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Using the funds, New York developed the first-ever statewide map depicting the availability of high-speed Internet service, commonly known as broadband — available online at www.broadbandmap.ny.gov.

“Making broadband universally available so that every New Yorker can fully participate in the modern economy is vital to our recovery as a state,” Paterson said in a statement.

Visitors can enter a street address to view a list of broadband providers offering service in their neighborhoods, including the types of service and advertised service speeds as well as links to contact providers for more information or to subscribe for service.

The map also permits visitors to see which areas of the state lack broadband coverage.

“As we work to ensure broadband access is available in every corner of our state, we must first clearly understand the existing broadband landscape, and this new map provides that clarity for the first time,” the Paterson said.